Bethel Covenant Church Join Us Sundays 10am

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At its most basic level we hope to a great place to worship God, live out his word, support one another in community, and use our gifts to Love God, Love Others, and Make Disciples of All Nations.

What follows is a little more information about us, our story, a few upcoming events, along with some ways to stay connected with us.

Whoever you are, whether you are new to the area, searching for a church home, or just checking out church for the first time in a while, we would love to get to know you.

Above all we want you to know that whatever your circumstances, no matter where you have been, or where you are when it comes to faith,

you are welcome here.

- Pastor Todd

About Us

We are a gathering of disciples of Jesus Christ located outside Ellsworth, Wisconsin. As a body of believers, our desire is to be known for pursuing Christ and his love for us, our friends, families and neighbors, and for pursuing his priorities in the world.

God is doing great things at Bethel and He longs for a deeper relationship with each one of us. We don't have it all figured out but we invite you to join us as we worship God together, study scripture, grow with each other in community, and use our talents and gifts to serve our community and our world.

For more information on our denomination and beliefs, check out the Evangelical Covenant Church of America website.

Sundays

9am - We offer Sunday School for students Kindergarten through 6th grade.

10am - Worship service with nursery care. We are an intentionally multi-generational church so we welcome kids to stay with us During our services.

Wednesdays from 5:15-7:15

5th - 12th grade students are welcome to join us for FUSION our joint youth ministry with our sister church Zion covenant.

Our goal is to point young people to a life changing relationship with Jesus.

What happens at FUSION?

Each Wednesday night includes worship, large group teaching, games, as well as age and gender appropriate small groups that will include discussion and prayer lead by caring adults. Our hope is to create a missional, relational ministry that points young people to Jesus and what it means to follow Him.

Our mission

Our Mission is best summed up by what are often called the Great Commission and the Greatest Commandments.

The Great Comission - Go make disciples

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)

The Greatest Commandment - Love God love Others

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matthew 28:36-40)

At our best everything we do is towards that end.

Are we perfect?

No, but we pray with God's help we may more and more live up to the high calling of God's Church.

How we measure success

For much of recent history churches have measured success using "The Three B's." Bodies in the pews, Bucks in the offering plate, and Bricks in the building. When we look at scripture that measure seems lacking.

Instead of "The Three B's" We look for signs of the following 10 Healthy Missional Markers coming up in our church life.

  1. Centrality of the Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16)
  2. Life transforming walk with Jesus (John 3:3, 30; Phil. 1:6)
  3. Intentional evangelism (Matthew 28:18-20)
  4. Transforming communities through active compassion, mercy, and justice ministries (Micah 6:8)
  5. Global perspective and engagement (Acts 1:8)
  6. Compelling Christian community (Acts 2:42-47)
  7. Heartfelt worship (Psalm 138:1a; John 4:23)
  8. Sacrificial and generous living and giving (Romans 12:1-8)
  9. Culture of godly leadership (Hebrews 13:7)
  10. Fruitful Organizational Structures (Acts 6:1-7; Exodus 18:13-26)
Walking hand in hand...

This year as a whole church we created and agreed to a Relational Covenant. This is a document designed to help us walk forward together even when conflict arises, it answers the question,

How do we walk hand in hand even when we don't see eye to eye?

As people of Bethel Covenant Church we acknowledge that conflict is a normal and natural part of life. Therefore in an effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace (Ephesians 4:3) we choose to...

Respect and honor one another, the pastoral staff, and the lay leaders, by building each other up instead of tearing down. (1 Thessalonians 5:11-15)

Communicate by speaking the truth in love, listening with compassion, and seeking to understand, while striving to maintain the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:3,15, James 1:19)

Offer Grace and Forgiveness by, as much as possible, living in peace with one another, seeking forgiveness when we sin, and extending forgiveness to others who sin against us. (Ephesians 4:32, Romans 12:18)

Show Love by investing in one another by actively showing love of Christ and committing to being inconvenienced for the sake of the gospel. (Philippians 2:5-11, John 13:34-35)

Pursue unity in Christ through prayer, the reading of God’s word, and the leading of the Holy Spirit, laying aside preferences, and choosing to walk hand in hand even when we don’t see eye to eye. (Colossians 3:14-15, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-19, 24)

A little more of our story

We are a church on a journey.

For our more than 130 year history the people of Bethel Covenant have tried to follow God together wherever he leads, by staying true to Christ and his priorities in the world.

These days are no different that's why over the last two-years Bethel Covenant as been walking what we call the Vitality Pathway. This is a process of asking tough questions, honestly confronting our own issues, preparing our hearts, and asking God how we can best work towards his mission right here.

This has led to lots of conversation and a renewed desire to follow God wherever he leads, even when it is hard and uncomfortable.

As we have taken steps into uncertain territory God has blessed us richly and encouraged us along the way. Here are a few of the things God has done since we started the Vitality Pathway.

  • For the first time in our history we decided to help plant a church, it would become Renew Covenant a thriving church serving young families in Eau Claire, WI
  • God surprised us with a gift that paid off our remaining building loan in full, freeing us up to further dedicated ourselves to God's mission.
  • We came up with our "Relational Covenant" a document designed to help us walk hand in hand even when we don't see eye to eye.
  • With the hiring of our Worship Leader we have begun to refresh our worship services, inspiring and encouraging heartfelt worship every Sunday morning.
  • God led us to partner with our sister church Zion Covenant FUSION, our combined Jr High and High School ministry that serves a growing group of students from both churches as well as our surrounding community.

These are just a few of the things God has been up to over the last years here at Bethel, but we still have a long way to go to be fully living out God's mission for us in our community.

This is all to say we are, like all those who follow Jesus, very much a work in progress. We don't have it all figured out but we invite you to join us on the journey.

Get connected

There are lots of ways to get in touch.

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